Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lair of the Minotaur - Evil Power

Lair of the Minotaur
Evil Power
The Grindhouse

The rampage continues: Lair of the Minotaur storms the land once again, bloody battleaxe in one hand, severed noggins in the other. Fans of the Chicago trio’s previous platters will know what to expect: death metal blood and thrash guts strewn all over a blasted warrior metal landscape – Celtic Frost and Slayer tagteaming Bathory (and you can take that however you like). Indeed, Evil Power (album #4 for those counting coup) is even more bloodthirsty than before – songs like Hunt and Devour, Attack the Gods and especially Let’s Kill All These Motherfuckers indicate that whatever subtlety LotM may have possessed has been tossed aside like the hanky used to wipe ichor off a blade. The band’s affection for Greek mythology still lurks in the corners, though it seems to have been supplanted by a more free-form swords ‘n’ sorcery folklore straight from Robert E. Howard’s tortured psyche. Celebrating bloody violence in ways your average videogame designer would never dare, Lair of the Minotaur is arguably the ultimate catharsis for the vengeful misfit in all of us. The Violent Iron Age of Man indeed.

- Michael Toland

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